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>> about four years ago, [inaudible] look at how beautiful this was. there is our relationship to the planet. these regions are the wealthiest, the most powerful. that really has impacted the planet. it is almost impossible now to go anywhere and had it really be completely dark. there are very few locations that you can find. that means our relationship to the sky, there is a way where we
dominate the sky. we cannot see anything really. we are blinding ourselves in a way. >> you can look at the images, they are beautiful. when i started four years ago, there was a conversation about environmental issues that was very different. this is not being talked about in the way it is now. . this has just been like an amazing growth.
i anticipate the project to be something that opens a dialogue to public interest in these ideas. so the work is really made to be seen in this environment. it's been show in museum, in gallery, but never in a public setting. and it's kind of ideal for both myself and the works to have this real dialogue with the public not only in san francisco but people coming from all over the world. >> since the dawn of electricity, that light is something that people feel connected to and inspired by. personally, there is space to keep that alive, just finding balance. the key is to find some balance. the biggest issue
in america today? segregation still exists... racism... the repression and oppression of women the educational system stem cell research homeless people cloning government health care taxation announcer: so, is there anything you're doing to help make a change? i'm not really doin' anything. ummmm [sighs] got me on that one... >> the supervisor is running just a little bit late. she should be here shortly. we do have with us this
afternoon mohammed nuru, director of d.p.w. mohammed, where are you? [applause] mohammed is going to have to rush out, but he wants to say welcome and thank you. >> good afternoon, everyone. and thank you for inviting the department of public works over here to talk about our contract processes. we are part of the city family and he will not be able to stay for the whole event, but edgar lopez, who is from our department, who actually is involved in many of the projects, the new public safety
building, most of the projects in san francisco are actually under his leadership. so he can talk in detail about how they meet many of the goals and what we have coming out. we do have quite a number of projects that are coming out. all those new projects are subject to the 30% local resident hiring. you will see from the information that our department has far exceeded many of those goals that have been sent. we actually track everything and i think the exciting part is that we do have a number of projects that are coming online, and so this hope for work. as it relates to purchasing and buying equipment and rental equipment, which many of you are very familiar with, we've also far exceeded the goals that have
been set for us. so we have all that information. you're in good hands. and thank you for allowing us to participate in this forum. it's a great forum. and please just work with us and ask us questions and we'll do our best. so thank you. [applause] >> thank you, mohammed. director nuru, we have worked many years together. some of you already know him from our neighborhood and what he does. what he's done in the neighborhood, he will continue to do at the department of public works. he will make sure that his commitment to the residents and to the public is just the same as he has done with cleaning the neighborhood and keeping our city clean. mohammed is one of the most dedicated, committed civil
servants. so i want to thank him for being able to pop in just a little bit. something came up. he had to rush off to take care of an emergency. our next part of the program will be my commissioner. here comes supervisor cohen. i'm going to give her a chance to come in and put her bags down. i would like for the commissioner to come up and talk a little bit about our guest speaker today. i'll just say something briefly. i met him almost two years ago. and he's absolutely one of the most supportive advocates our community could have. he provided for us to have a training program two years ago, c.m. construction management testing and inspection training program. we had 21 residents from san francisco to participate in that
program. the program ran for eight weeks, for eight hours a day. that's a big commitment getting up and being there at 8:00 on a saturday. i was a chaperon. i know, i'm still tired from that. the kids are exited and quite involved with the classroom. we had the bay bridge inspector, one of the big highlights of the training program. he talked about the white stripes you see on the streets. the kids were just amazed he had invented that. he had a lot of patents and he brought all his props. they really enjoyed that. out of the training program, each -- once they completed the training program and they graduated, they received a cal tran certificate of training for c.m. construction, which have allowed them to work on public
works jobs. we want to be able to do that again in partnership with call tran and we're looking forward to that cooperation in the future. but again, we were able to place quite a few of the trainees, and i understand from just hearing from them from time to time they're doing quite well. they're still on the job and doing a great service. so i'm going to bring the human rights commissioner up and she's going to give us a little bit. [applause] >> good afternoon. thank you for coming. this is a great, great crowd. thank you so much for taking the time to come here. i have a very easy job this afternoon. i have to introduce an incredible department head.
jan has been with the california transportation agency for the past 27 years serving as engineer and very high-profile management position. at this capacity, he is responsible for the day-to-day operation of state highway for nine counties in the bay area. that's a huge responsibility. he is managing 7,600 lanes of high waist. he's responsible for employees with the operation budget of $550 million. and you have to pay attention to this part.
$4.1 billion of contracts. that is a huge job and he has been doing an amazing job. with that huge responsibility, he still finds the time to go to town hall meetings and the community meetings, meet with everybody, and talk about what he's doing and also help with them, work with them to understand the whole process. he has been involved in design and improvement of major projects such as i-80, u.s. 101 auxiliary lanes, the central freeway, the san francisco international airport expansion project ramps and roadway improvement. i'm sure all of us, when we go to airports, you basically send a thank you for making it very easy for everybody to get in and out. and as you recall, many years
ago before the improvement, there was a tremendous bottleneck, and what he has done, he has made it really easy for disability concerns. in addition to the tremendous responsibility he has as a district four director, he's also serving as a commissioner on the metropolitan transportation commission. she also served as ex-official member of the joint power authority. it's truly an honor to have him here as our guest speaker, and please join me to welcome him to the podium. [applause] >> good afternoon. thank you for that introduction. it is really an honor for me to
be here with you today. i want to thank the supervisor for having this town hall meeting put together and thank all of the city agencies who are participating in this. i want to thank zola jones, who found me and let me know that this event was going on. and sent me an e-mail. it's been two years since we last met and it's good to see you again. these days -- we've got a short power point presentation that i'm going to be using. just talk about some of the things we'll be doing, what our agency is about, the type of work that we do. and as you all know, cal trans covers the entire state of california.
and in order to better manage that, we have broken down the department into 12 districts just like the city has different districts. that helps us in being closer to the community. helps us in increasing the utilization of the small businesses, disadvantage businesses and disabled enterprise businesses. the department manages 50,000 lane miles of highway, 22,000 employees statewide. my operation here in district 4, it covers the nine bay area counties. as you can see in the map. which is about 7,000 lane miles of highway. we have the toll bridges that we operate. we have just under 4,000 employees. our budgets, our capital program ongoing at the present time with 155 contracts, it's about 4.6 billion. so there's a lot of work that is going on, and a lot of that is
due to the toll bridge program. half of that is the repair of the various toll bridges that we have, and of course the biggest project, one of the largest public works projects in the nation is the span of the bay bridge that we're working on. in the district, we work with all of the 101 cities, with all of the nine counties that covers the bay area, with seven self-help counties, including the san francisco county transportation authority. we work with the 26-plus transit agencies that are in the region and with the condition management agencies. it is a dynamic region. there's a lot of needs in the area. and one of the ways that we do try to incorporate and enhance the utilization of a small business is on a small business council, which is a council
comprised of the association of the california engineering companies, african-american chamber of commerce, the hispanic chamber of commerce, the mexican contractors, and the list goes on and on. we meet on a regular basis and they advise me on ways of increasing utilization of the small businesses, disadvantaged businesses, and disadvantaged -- disabled veterans enterprise businesses. as you can see, if you can look at our statewide small business council, which covers the entire estate, a number of our council members are actually included in this statewide, including fred jordan, which i'm sure most of you know. he is a good friend. he's certainly the most recognized figure in the state advocating for increased participation of
underrepresented and disadvantaged businesses, and we are grateful and lucky to have him committed to our council. with the state of the state and the state of our nation and the fiscal condition, we're all asked to do more with less. we're all asked to do -- with less employees, with less resources. one of the employees that you should know, which is -- i put the contact information there, is my liaison for our small business program, george crosby. his phone number and e-mail address is there. he is working with his team to make sure that we do our outreaches correctly, that we're connecting the small contractors with the larger firms, both in the construction side and also in the architectural engineering
side. so george is a key person that you certainly want to have his number and his contact information. and he works very closely with all of the divisions that we have in the district, be it our construction, our maintenance, and our architectural engineering division, to make sure that in any contracting that we do, and we do a lot of contracts, not just construction contracts, but we do a lot of purchases. we have outreaches and we have workshop for purchases. he makes sure that we are making connection with the community and we're making connection with the small businesses and making sure that the small business knows and is aware of all the opportunities that are out there, and then it is upon the small business to make sure that they do make the contact, that they do show up in the purchasing events that we have and participate -- either bid on
contracts or participate in the various procurements that we do for all the activities that goes on in the district. in order to increase utilization of the a&e contract for small businesses, we have put together what we call a mentor. we have over 100 participants in that program. and what they do is they take the small businesses under their arm, show them how the business operation works, not just the technical aspects of things, but how to do presentations, how to prepare it. documents that are presented for bidding purposes. and basically teaching them how to get the public works contract and specifically for cal trans, but in general, any public works contract. as you can see, our utilization
of both small business and d.b.e. exceeds our goals. 38% is a very respectable number given that our goal for federal disadvantage business is 13.5%, and ours a pir ration and goal for business is 25%, and you can see that we're reaching to 34% in that goal also. if you have another mentor protege program which is focused in construction. these are prime contractors that work with the small firms, small contractors. again, they will sign an agreement. at times, the same small businesses outbid the prime that mentored them. we've had a number of examples of those. it's a very robust program that we have with the association of general contractors. we've signed an agreement with
them and we do have the numbers there. eight construction companies and mentors that are participating in that program. it's a very good program and i'm thankful to a.g.c. for working with us and participating in that aspect of our work. >> as i mentioned, and as was mentioned earlier, we cover not just the san francisco county, but the entire nine counties of bay area, and we cover a lot of projects in our region. 155 contracts,. but any contracting that we do, this chart shows the type of work that we do to make sure that we're providing access to those contracts. we have a number of partners. a lot of money comes from the feds to us that supports our entire capital program. and we make sure that we do
training. we make sure that we do outreach. we make sure that we are monitoring our contracts and we are gathering information about availability redo have databases that we have set up. one of our great partners here is paul penkergass, who is a local business in san francisco. they work on one of the major projects in the city and county of san francisco, the park drive, access to the golden gate bridge. phase one, which is under way right now toward completion, is one that has taken the attention of a number of leaders, national leaders.
congresswoman, nancy pelosi, speaker of the house, brought tremendous support to the project and participated in a number of ground-breakings that we had. dick menendes, the director of the federal highway administration, supported the project and provided us with a number of dollars that actually made the entire funding package work. that project is under way. other locals who help us, the executive director of the san francisco transportation authority, supervisor mirkarimi participated in a number of our events and has always been supportive in the city leadership. the mayor has provided us with his support of the activitying
that we do -- of the acts that we do, and senator leno has his eye and support for small businesses and recognized one of our programs and one of our small businesses who works on the doyle drive construction contract. during one of our ground-breakings, we were lucky to have julie berry, who is also present here, who does concrete work. cam-con is the small businesses she operates. she came to us with three employees after she did get a contract. i believe she has raised up to 10, and she has brought at least one, maybe more, concrete pump trucks. six now. well, that is even better.
so we have good examples of those who really want the contract, work at it. we provide the opportunity, and the rest of it is with those who have the skills to come forward. as i mentioned, paul, julie, and michael sitting next to julie, is also part of the business that is run. julie was -- and her company, was actually featured on the white house website and the federal highways d.o.t. site for a number of weeks because of work she did. she played a trip to virginia, and the federal highway was looking at the program that our small business and disadvantaged business had put together as an example of how the out reaches should be done and how we can